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How we stopped speaking Yiddish

How we stopped speaking Yiddish | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
Also, the rise of Tagalog.
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Christopher L. Story's curator insight, March 17, 4:51 AM

An example of how languages die.

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Business Languages In Africa

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"The Main Languages of Business in Africa."


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Amy Marques's curator insight, April 24, 11:30 AM

It's interesting to see years after colonialism and imperialism there the nations it colonized are still having contact with their 'mother country'. For example the countries of Angola and Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau gained independence in the 1970's and they still trade with Portugal and are dependent on one an other to an extent, and language definitely has something to do with it.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 12:46 PM

Africa is a huge continent filled with tons of countries. Language is widespread even within a city or town. Throughout Africa, there is no denying that the languages vary drastically. All the languages however are among the most spoken languages in the world. More business for Africa!

The ServiceMag's curator insight, September 9, 9:30 AM

The 'Other' category is much underestimated. Therefore, incorrect!

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Why The English Language Rules The World - No Really, Why?

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Why The English Language Rules The World - No Really, Why? @Worldcrunch

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This is an article about the English as the global lingua franca and why it has endured but also if certain historical events had not taken place, we might be speaking something totally different or perhaps many things.

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Texas Twang Fixin' To Ride Off Into The Sunset : NPR

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The way Texans speak, from using words like "y'all" to that old Texas twang, is iconic in American culture. But linguists say the twang is fading — and that, in a few decades, "talking Texan" may sound quite different than it does today.-NPR

 

This is a great piece on regional dialects and how some are fading for reasons other than what you might think.

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Map of the Day: Soda vs. Pop vs. Coke

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An updated map of the distribution of the usage of the terms pop vs. soda..and now vs. coke.

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Endangered Languages Project

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A project to preserve the world's dying languages.

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Seth Dixon's comment, June 29, 2012 9:19 AM
Love this! I'll rescoop it but I want to showcase the embedded video.
Allison Anthony's comment, June 29, 2012 9:27 AM
Great! A former student found this. I'm trying my own Scoop It page because my school system is likely going to block Pinterest from student access. Hopefully they will leave this one alone!
Seth Dixon's comment, June 29, 2012 10:42 AM
Sorry to hear that about pinterest, I know how much work you put into that. Currently I only know of one school district that blocks scoop.it (Palm Beach FL), but since it is technically a socially mediated site, it still is potentially on the block list (why I created geographyeducation.org, to get around firewalls, just it case). Good luck, feel free to "rescoop" any of mine to save yourself the time of posting new content.
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Angst In Germany Over Invasion Of American English

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Germany has borrowed more than 10,000 American words since 1990 — words like "sorry" and "lounge" and the suffix "-gate." It's a trend that bothers some German purists.
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Great language story.  Head's up Sara!

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Are Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki and Na'vi real languages?

View full lesson on TED-ED: What do Game of Thrones' Dothraki, Avatar's Na'vi, Star Trek's Klingon and LOTR's Elvish have in common? They are all fantasy constructed languages, or conlangs. Conlangs have all the delicious complexities of real languages: a high volume of words, grammar rules, and room for messiness and evolution. John McWhorter explains why these invented languages captivate fans long past the rolling credits.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 4, 7:54 AM

This TED ED video lesson brings up some important questions to ponder for cultural geography (and uses some popular fantasy/science fiction examples to do it).   For languages that are spoken by actual populations, they often 'borrow' vocabulary from other languages, making some ask the question, can loan words damage language integrity? 

 

Tags: language, culture.

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Rwanda: Where English Is The New Must-Have Language, But 98% Of The People Can't Speak It

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Where English Is The New Must-Have Language, But 98% Of The People Can't Speak It @Worldcrunch

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Rwanda has 3 official languages but the one heard through the media and in many businesses is English, and most average Rwandans know very little because they are reluctantly forced to learn it.  Officials believe it will allow their people to participate in the regional economy.  But this comes at the expense of their native language. 

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The Crazy Pidgin Language That Unites Africa's Megacity

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Finding a common linguistic ground in a city of 20 million and 500 languages.  A pidgin language evolves in the melting pot of Lagos, Nigeria.

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Vanishing Languages - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

Vanishing Languages - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
One language dies every 14 days. By the next century nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear, as communities abandon native tongues in favor of English, Mandarin, or Spanish.
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